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Travel has been hit hard by the global pandemic, but that hasn’t stopped people from dreaming about getaways in 2021.
From short-haul favourites to exploring areas closer to home, here’s a handful of the predicted trends that holidaymakers can expect when confidence in travel resumes.
According to data from the Travel Association ABTA, people are set to turn to locations they know well in 2021, driven by a lack of travel in the previous 12 months.
Less than a third of individuals said they intended to visit somewhere new this year, down from 45% who shared a similar viewpoint at the start of 2020.
Routinely popular destinations topped the ABTA members’ wish lists with Spain and France accounting for more than half of all votes, with the USA, Italy and Greece also proving popular.
Early booking data also shows a prevalence for other short-haul favourites including the Canary Islands, the Balearic Islands, Turkey and the Algarve.
Incredibly popular throughout the summer of 2020, exploring Britain by motorhome provided a much-needed escape for many last year.
And with a degree of uncertainty over international travel expected to remain for much of this year, hiring a motorhome or campervan could be just as popular this summer.
More traditional journeys such as Route 66, through the Canadian Rockies or along the Great Coast Road in Australia could be replaced by something closer to home.
Instead, 2021 could be the year to take on Scotland’s North Coast 500 route, embark on an island-hopping adventure, discover the wilderness of Northumberland or perhaps complete a circular tour of north and south Wales.
If you do hire, motorhome hire excess insurance can provide extra peace of mind for such a trip too, often providing additional protection to that offered by a rental company.
City breaks and beach holidays have always been incredibly popular among Brits, but ABTA suggests that the pandemic is helping countryside escapes to catch up.
And whereas the number of people planning a city or beach break in 2021 declined, those looking to the countryside increased, while the popularity of lakes and mountains holidays remained steady.
Yorkshire, for example, has launched a Walkshire campaign to get people out walking, while Wales has extended its Year of Outdoors.
Britain’s four original National Parks also celebrate their 70th anniversary in 2021 - the Peak District, the Lake District, Dartmoor and Snowdonia. Holidaymakers will have plenty of options when it comes to showcasing their new-found love for nature and the outdoors.
For those keen to head overseas, villas look to be a popular choice, given they offer a secluded environment where families and groups can relax together.
Expect popular short-haul destinations to book-up quickly once travel is possible, alongside flights and car hire.
Villa providers have reported an uptake in bookings, while others have carried over holidays from 2020 so demand has the potential to outstrip supply.
Greece, Spain, Cyprus and Corfu are among the areas expected to be in demand, while confidence in travel will be key for many Brits looking to get away, so having an element of control such as that offered by a villa environment could sway their decisions.
If you are keen to get a holiday booking secured before the rush, contact our colleagues at Questor Travel who will happily look into some exciting options for you!
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Date Created: 25/01/2021